Ok, cats out of the bag. Time to discuss.
As you already know, there are going to be three Evolution tournaments this year. If you did not know this, get over to http://www.evo2k.com/ and check it out. In order for us to run a Slash tournament for Guilty Gear, we need enough legitimate import copies of Slash and enough Japanese Playstations to run the tournament at all three locations. Some of you have suggested that the community will be more than willing to loan hardware / software for the tournament. Now you see why this can be a problem. If we go this route, we would have to request that you mail us your Playstation and copy of Slash well in advance of the first Evolution tournament, only to receive it back over a month later after the last one has finished.
Furthermore, due to changes in the structure of the tournament, we will be running many more stations simultaneously. It’s difficult to estimate how many stations we will need until the signup form has gained some traction, but we estimate it will take at least 20 consoles to run the GG tournament alone. This means at least 20 Japanese Playstations (i.e. over $5000 in additional costs).
The community is obviously overwhelmingly in favor of a Slash tournament, and we want to do everything we can within reason to accomdate you. Now’s the time to come up with bright ideas on how to come up with the additional hardware.
- Funds which were previously used as prize money for the winners will instead be used to fund the purchase of the required hardware.
- The GG community will find a way to come up with the additional hardware and make it available to us at the time we need it. I’m skeptical that this is possible, but maybe you guys will suprise me.
- Nah, lets just run #R
The floor is now open to suggestions.